Aims and Scope

Our primary aim at Police Practice & Research is to present current and innovative police research with a focus on informing policing policy, programs and/or practice around the globe. We welcome qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodological studies from academic researchers and police practitioners alike, and strongly encourage research submissions from practitioner-academic partnerships. We also welcome rigorous systematic reviews of police strategies, technologies, and innovations that have implications for police policy and practice.

From September 1, 2021, we will require manuscripts to meet 3 key criteria we see as supporting our objectives:

* a clear statement of the policy, practice and/or program implications of the research presented - this content should be included in both the abstract and discussion sections of a paper.

* consideration for the global scope of our audience - we not only welcome papers from around the globe, but particularly those that can tie local or regional issues to the larger world.

* evidence of a rigorous methodological approach - all papers should be transparent in the methods used, from data collection to analysis. Ideally, we hope papers published in PPR can be replicated or reproduced based on the methods used.

PPR ensures that all articles and rapid communications published in the journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial screening by the editor and, if found suitable for further consideration, double-blind peer review by independent, expert referees. Book reviews are subject to review by the editorial team but are not independently peer reviewed. 

Hot off the press

Here you can find links to articles in our latest issue

A scientific exam. of the 21' rule

Findings show the 21-foot rule to be an inadequate standard for  officers to  safely draw and fire their weapons when being charged by a  suspect who’s intent it  to  cause harm

Multi-source evaluation of police competence

This study examines the utility

of comparing probationers' and FTO's views of probationer competency, arguing that these two sources of information can provide a more cohesive picture of readiness.

How female officers in  Australian police orgs.  view policing of diverse people

Results suggest significant differences can be found between the ranks of female officers within each org. & comparatively between officers re. their perceptions of policing diversity.

Subject behavior-officer response reporting of police use of force

This article highlights the Subject Behaviour–Officer Response (SB-OR) template used to collect data in relation to instances where force is applied by the police in Vancouver, Canada

Perceptions of service provided by S.A. police community centres

Results indicate that satisfaction does not differ significantly according to demographics, but there are some differences in the lead-up factors & the experience according to education & income.

 A quasi-experimental study of officers' recollection in shoot – don’t shoot simulators

This study seeks to answer whether officer recollection is more precise if they are interviewed moments after a stressful incident rather than 3 days later.

Our authors


Dr. Roger Mason

Durban University of Technology